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Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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A METEOR TOO CLOSE was completed in April 2009. Most of it has one foot in the kind of experimental soundscapes that can be found on THEY'LL GET YOU (2007), and the other in acoustic folk, with an edge.
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, experimental, acoustic, folk, punk, Martin Warren
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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ARCHITECTURE & COMMUNITY PLANNING II was recorded 10 years after the project's first installment, and took a very different approach from it. Whereas the first project had been recorded entirely in the studio, this time the initial recordings were done by Joey Haley and I in separate locations and then the tracks were exchanged - often several times - for further 'processing'. The eventual result was a mixture of 'tape music' and lyrical 'songs' that no description that I could give here...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, experimental, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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THEY'LL GET YOU! was what I ended up with after messing around with some freeware audio programs for a couple of years. A lot of the result was accidental. The title track is a phased-out robofunk thing I wrote the words to at the last minute before recording. It wasn't clear even to myself what it was, but it didn't sound like anything I had done before, so the whole project was named after it. What follows are really the only 3 true lyrical 'songs' here: 'Pin It Down' is as close as THEY'LL...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, experimental, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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THE SLATE was digitally recorded in May and June of 2005, and contains a few songs written over the previous three years of hiatus as well as some new ones. THE SLATE has more variety than any previous effort since the mid-'90's Taste of Blood and Thaw, both in terms of the song styles and overall sound. The title track has the familiar high-intensity Dylanesque approach of 2000-2001 work, but that's where that particular similarity ends. 'Tangier' is an escapist interlude with weird piano....
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, experimental, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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SEISMOGRAPH was recorded between August and early December 2001. Checking in at 35 minutes, the collection is focused and pulls no punches lyrically. It is nowhere nearly as joyful as An Afternoon, recorded scarcely a month before. 'Another For My Friends' sets an almost depressed tone. 'What's In That Bottle?' adds angry tonic, but 'What's This All About?' turns the first question over. 'You Were Not There' menaces, and '595 King Street' sarcastically spits out disjointed images of a...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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These are a bunch of songs recorded in AN AFTERNOON (July 14, 2001, to be precise). One look at the titles will give you the idea here: Too many old monster movies and bluegrass LP's maybe affected the lyrics, and the music has a strong Western tonic. A lot of this recreates that "old geezer in the backwoods gun shop" sound. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of someone's teeth falling out, and a barn falling in on itself.
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk, Martin Warren
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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The songs on NO SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS were recorded over the month of June, 2001. 'You Need Chains' could work in a spaghetti western or a zombie flick with all its fear and trepidation. 'So Much Time' is one of those songs that carries a twist to the story in its last verse. 'Release the Dragon' meditates on the haunting rain that can actually be heard in the background. I wrote the title track, 'So Much Time', and 'Real Good Reasons' while I was getting fed-up my own involvement in an...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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The songs on EVERY PAGE INDEED were written & recorded quickly, but are a lot more crafted & suited for a coffehouse than most of my other projects. There were mixed results as usual: "Words Fail Me" may be my best song, but "Bring on the Wagons" reeks of valium that I never took. Moving out of a downtown Ottawa rooming house into more mellow suburban confines on the South end meant that I was less rushed in putting the songs together than I had been with, say, THE...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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THE GUTTER SONGS were recorded off-the-cuff to a blaster, complete horrible grinding motor and condenser microphone...you get the picture. (No, not THAT picture, although it is horrible, to be sure.) Most of the songs here have a serious angle, if you listen to them between escalating beers, and it's funny how some of them actually have worked when I played them live. This, in spite of the very prominent flaw of not making sense (on this planet, at least!) Some country influences staggered out...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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Most of the songs on ONE BOWLFULL were written between Janurary and March of 2000, although 'Age of Gold' (possibly the best track) dated from 1999. These tunes were folksy offerings ranging from the bleak 'Trail to Numa', a song inspired by the scarlet fever epidemic in Indiana in 1900, to 'Matter of Time's THAW-like introspection (with coherence). The project began when I fixed up a beat-up old Stella with three strings and a broken neck that I had found in an Ottawa city park one hot summer...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Architecture and Community Planning
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ARCHPLAN was a studio collaberation between Martin Warren and Joey Haley. Its goal was to create a "bureaucratic music". The songs on this first edition of A&CP were literally studio 'constructions', using tape loops for rhythm tracks, and ukuleles driven through effects processors for some of the sounds. All songs were recorded at CHSR-FM studios in Fredericton, NB. Exotic locations were used for the lyric settings. 'Soapstone Eskimoes' and 'Easter Island Statues' are the most...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, experimental, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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LOYALIST COURT was a group of basement experiments (maybe they could be called 'songs') featuring a pc-speaker metronome & repetitive keyboard lines, an unplugged electric guitar, completely improvised lyrics about piglet snouts and penguins, and something that sounds halfway between a bass and a band-saw. The original tape also included an extremely boring 15+ minute drum/bass pattern and another track too trivial to bother remembering. The existing 15-minute 'e.p.' contains the only...
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Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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The songs that wound up on THAW didn't have much in common with one another, unless the themes of stress, mental exhaustion, writer's block, and ultimate madness count. Yes, madness, especially ultimate madness! Gnats! ('Gnat') Mummification! ('Full-Body Cast'), South American river mermaids! ('Aracu Fish')...'Oh, My! '. That should make for some great tunes, huh? Afraid not, Bubbles. There are four or five worthwhile songs on THAW. 'Lunch on the Plane' and 'Dragging You Down' are clearly the...
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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Well, the mugshot freaks me out too! TASTE OF BLOOD was the second in a series of sketchbook cassettes I recorded new songs onto practically as soon as they were written. Like its predecessor, THE OTTAWA TAPES, it is defiantly - and unfortunately - a lo-fi non-production. There are far more tracks here with an experimental or improvisational feel to them, though, and I figure there is a contrast between darkness and humour to the mood of the thing that the previous project did not share....
Topics: lo-fi, indie, original, acoustic, folk, punk
Folksoundomy: Music and Music Albums
Feb 13, 2011 Martin Warren
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This is just a sketchbook of my first attempts to play guitar and write the music to my own songs. THE OTTAWA TAPES was what I had scrawled on the label of the 45-minute BASF normal cassette. I had just moved to Ottawa, hence that 'working' title, which is putting it a bit strongly. These songs are undeveloped at best, with the possible exception of 'If It Makes You Feel Any Better', which had been written in Fredericton in November 1993 or thereabouts. I can still play 'Yours Infernally' and...
Topics: lo-fi, acoustic, original, indie, folk, punk